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Post 18 loses early lead at Sturgis

STURGIS--Mitchell Post 18 got off to a good start, but it was unable to stop Sturgis' late comeback on Thursday. Brian Duran hit a walk-off single to beat Post 18, 6-5, in a Legion baseball game at Strong Field. "We just kind of sat on a lead and...

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STURGIS-Mitchell Post 18 got off to a good start, but it was unable to stop Sturgis' late comeback on Thursday.

Brian Duran hit a walk-off single to beat Post 18, 6-5, in a Legion baseball game at Strong Field.

"We just kind of sat on a lead and thought we were going to win the game," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.

Post 18 led 3-0 after the first inning. Sam Michels, who went 3-for-4, drove in his only run of the game with a double to left field, followed by an RBI double from Brady Hawkins, who scored on an error a couple of batters later.

Michels was the only Post 18 player to record multiple hits, while the top-four batters in its lineup accounted for six of its eight hits.

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"We had a third of our lineup that went up there with a plan, and we have to have way more," Norden said. "We have to have guys below [the top-four guys] that are going to drive in runs because those guys are going to be the guys on base, too."

Sturgis scored its first run in the third, but Post 18 responded right away when Drew Kitchens hit an RBI groundout. In the fifth, a Josh West single drove in a run for Sturgis and Mitchell answered again when Koby Larson hit an RBI groundout.

Then, the bottom of the sixth happened.

"We pitched the ball way too good tonight to lose the game," Norden said. "They hit the ball well in the sixth inning."

With a runner on and two outs, Sturgis hit three straight singles to pull within one and Alec Keffeler scored on an error in the next at-bat to win the game. Post 18 committed four errors.

"We're not going to win any baseball games allowing that kind of stuff to happen," Norden said. "We just can't allow to give up more than three outs in an inning."
Despite the loss, Peyton Nash pitched well. He allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four batters. Larson recorded the final two outs for Mitchell.

"Peyton Nash was very efficient through six innings," Norden said. "We couldn't have asked for anything else out of him."

Mitchell (3-2) continues its road trip with a doubleheader at the Gillette (Wyo.) Riders today, with the first game at 6 p.m.

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